Rudyard Kipling
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (icon ; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the 1907 Nobel Prize
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 for Literature. He was born in Bombay
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, in the Bombay Presidency
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 of British India
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, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old.

Cities and Thrones and Powers,Stand in Time's eye,Almost as long as flowers,Which daily die:But, as new buds put forthTo glad new men,Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth,The Cities rise again.

s:Cities and Thrones and Powers|Cities and Thrones and Powers, Stanza 1 (1906)

Five and twenty poniesTrotting through the dark-Brandy for the Parson,'Baccy for the Clerk.Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie -Watch the wall, my darling, while the gentlemen go by!

s:A Smuggler's Song|A Smuggler's Song

Of all the trees that grow so fair,Old England to adorn,Greater are none beneath the Sun,Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.

s:A Tree Song|A Tree Song, Stanza 1 (1906)

I have eaten your bread and salt.I have drunk your water and wine.The deaths ye died I have watched besideAnd the lives ye led were mine.

s:Prelude_to_Departmental_Ditties|Prelude, Stanza 1

I have written the tale of our life For a sheltered people's mirth,In jesting guise — but ye are wise, And ye know what the jest is worth.

Prelude Stanza 3

Call a truce, then, to our labors — let us feast with friends and neighbors,And be merry as the custom of our caste;For if “faint and forced the laughter,” and if sadness follow after,We are richer by one mocking Christmas past.

s:Christmas in India|Christmas in India, Stanza 5

The toad beneath the harrow knowsExactly where each tooth point goes;The butterfly upon the roadPreaches contentment to that toad.

s:Pagett M.P.|Pagett M.P, prelude

And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

s:The Betrothed (Kipling)|The Betrothed, Stanza 25

God of our fathers, known of old,Lord of our far-flung battle line,Beneath whose awful hand we holdDominion over palm and pine — Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,Lest we forget — lest we forget!

Stanza 1